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  1. Hormone Receptors in Advanced Breast Cancer

    ER positive? Tests show when breast cancer cells have hormone receptors. The results help guide the best treatment.

  2. Tamoxifen

    Drug details for Tamoxifen.

  3. Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Topic Overview

    What is inflammatory breast cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, fast-growing type of breast cancer. It is often called IBC for short. Unlike other breast cancers,this type of cancer may not cause a lump in the breast -- so regular breast exams and mammograms often fail to catch it early. Because it grows so fast, it usually has spread by the time it is diagnosed.

  4. Breast-Feeding After Breast Surgery - Topic Overview

    Women who have had breast implants or surgery to remove cysts or benign (noncancerous) lumps usually are able to breast-feed. Women who have had surgery to make their breasts smaller (breast reduction) may have trouble breast-feeding if the milk ducts were cut or removed during surgery. These women may wish to consult their surgeons to determine whether this is a problem. They also are ...

  5. Invasive Breast Cancer: Symptoms, Treatments, Prognosis

    WebMD explains invasive breast cancer. Learn about the symptoms, treatments, and outlook from the experts at WebMD.

  6. What Causes Breast Cancer?

    WebMD explains the known causes of breast cancer.

  7. Hormone Treatments for Breast Cancer

    Understanding the basics about hormone treatments for breast cancer.

  8. What Is Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?

    Information on chemotherapy for breast cancer from WebMD.

  9. Breast Cancer: Choosing Your Doctors

    How do you find a specialist to treat breast cancer? Let the experts at WebMD help.

  10. Reducing Cancer Risk When You Are BRCA-Positive - Topic Overview

    If you've found out that you have a BRCA gene change, you may be feeling pretty overwhelmed. But when it comes to cancer, knowledge is power. Now that you know you are BRCA-positive, you can take steps to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Thinking about cancer riskExperts know that women who are BRCA-positive are more likely than average women to get breast cancer and ovarian cancer. This table shows the predicted number of women in each group who will get cancer by age 70. Comparing cancer risk1 Number who will get breast cancerNumber who will get ovarian cancerAverage women12 in 1001 in 100Women with BRCA1 changes84 in 10040 in 100Women with BRCA2 changes35 in 10020 in 100It's clear that having a BRCA change makes a big difference. But it's important to realize that:If 20 in 100 women with BRCA2 changes get ovarian cancer, this means that 80 in 100 of them don't get it. About 60 in 100 women with BRCA1 changes don't get ovarian cancer.About 65 in 100 women with BRCA2

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